[00:00.00]If you have owned an iPhone or iPad for a few years, you may have apps that are outdated.
[00:10.41]Since 2013, Apple has been asking developers to update their apps.
[00:19.56]When iOS 11, the next version of the iPhone operating system, is launched soon, older apps may not work on it.
[00:34.27]Beginning with the iPhone 5s in 2013, iPhones have come with 64-bit processors.
[00:47.22]Earlier iPhones had 32-bit processors.
[00:53.04]Apple has been asking app developers to update their apps to 64-bit from 32-bit since the iPhone 5s was launched.
[01:08.76]In January of this year, users of the 32-bit apps saw warnings when they opened their apps that the apps needed to be updated.
[01:24.03]More recently, 32-bit apps have started showing another warning: "This app will not work with future versions of iOS."
[01:38.85]SensorTower is a business that studies and reports on apps.
[01:46.45]The company says about eight percent of the apps in the iTunes App Store are 32-bit apps and may not work with iOS 11.
[02:02.76]Eight percent equals about 187,000 apps out of the 2.4 million apps in the App Store.
[02:16.19]32-bit apps that have not been updated to 64-bit have started disappearing already from the iTunes App Store.
[02:28.73]But people who have these older apps on their iPhone and iPads can still use them for now.
[02:38.93]When iOS 11 comes out, the 32-bit apps may not work if those devices are updated to iOS 11.
[02:51.56]Apple is having an event on September 12 that will likely introduce the new iPhone and iOS 11.
[03:05.79]So, we should learn soon how they might affect 32-bit apps.
[03:12.87]You may be wondering whether you have any 32-bit apps on your iPhone or iPad.
[03:22.67]There is an easy way to find out.
[03:26.97]Go to “Settings,” then “General,” then “About,” then “Applications.”
[03:36.32]Tap on "Applications."
[03:39.25]If you have any 32-bit apps in need of updating, they will appear on a new screen.
[03:50.24]Those that are 32-bit but can be updated will show at the top of the list.
[03:59.23]You may not care if some of your older apps are 32-bit and may not work with iOS 11.
[04:08.80]Maybe you have not used them in a while and did not even know that they were still on your phone.
[04:18.39]Remove them to make space on your phone.
[04:22.17]But you may care about these older apps. In fact, some may be favorites.
[04:31.56]There are several ways to deal with the 32-bit apps you want to continue using.
[04:39.72]There may be an update to the app available that you have not downloaded to your phone yet.
[04:48.14]There is an easy way to check.
[04:53.69]If the app is at the top of the list under "Update Available," tap on the app to open it in the App Store app.
[05:04.02]A box should appear that says "Update." Tap on the box to do so.
[05:11.97]After you have updated, check “Settings” again to see if the app has changed.
[05:20.82]If iOS 11 does make 32-bit apps obsolete and you have 32-bit apps you care about, you should not update to iOS 11 when it is released.
[05:39.74]But this is not a good long-term solution because iOS 11 may be useful for you.
[05:49.54]And in time you will probably have to update to iOS 11, especially if you get a new iPhone or iPad.
[06:01.53]However, this may be a good short-term solution if you have a 32-bit app you really need or want.
[06:13.49]In fact, do not update to iOS 11 until you have your apps sorted out.
[06:22.38]With 2.4 million apps in the App Store, iTunes may have alternative apps that you like even better than the 32-bit apps you have been using.
[06:39.02]Search for best alternative apps. Check out recommendations for newer, 64-bit apps.
[06:49.58]Also search the App Store to find replacement 64-bit apps.
[06:57.79]You can also contact the developer of the 32-bit app and ask for an update.
[07:06.42]If the developer gets enough requests, it may consider updating the app to 64-bit.
[07:16.26]Or, the developer may suggest a new and improved app in the App Store.
[07:24.64]Or one that will be available soon.
[07:28.06]You can try to contact the developer through the App Store.
[07:34.01]Some 32-bit apps are still there.
[07:38.06]You can find out if you go to back to “Applications” in Settings on your device.
[07:45.98]Tap on an app in the list to see if it is still in the App Store.
[07:52.37]A notice will appear if it is not available.
[07:58.02]But if it is, the App Store will open with the app listing.
[08:04.32]Tap on the “Developer Website” section and you will see the website address for the developer.
[08:14.75]Look for an email address on the website to contact the developer.
[08:21.40]Do this soon because you do not know how long the app will remain in the App Store.
[08:30.49]You can also search for the Android version of the app in Google Play.
[08:38.24]If the app is not available in the App Store anymore, search for the app in Google Play where it may still be available for Android devices.
[08:50.50]Find the developer's contact information in Google Play to ask for an update to the app.
[08:59.88]If that does not work, you again can search the developer's website to try to contact them directly.
[09:09.55]I’m Caty Weaver.